Big boys team up

New modular Intel-based servers from IBM break price and performance barriers for Microsoft Windows 2000 environments, allowing companies to add performance as their needs grow.

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By  Graham Stacey Published  July 9, 2002

IBM, Intel and Microsoft have joined forces to promote new server systems that were previously out of reach of many mid-sized businesses in the Middle East.

The new generation eServers are based on a building block-style, highly fault-tolerant architecture that allows customers to pay for computing power incrementally as they need it, but still have the mainframe-like features that large enterprises already enjoy.
“Our customers in the Middle East want to get the maximum bang for their buck in the data centre,” said Andy Parkinson, eServer xSeries sales manager, IBM Middle East, Egypt and Pakistan. “They need enterprise-quality systems, with all the mainframe-like management, reliability and performance features. With the new generation of Intel-based IBM eServers with Microsoft Windows 2000, this type of server is now within their reach. With the x440’s modular approach, customers only buy what they need today and then simply add the processing performance as they require it.”

The new IBM system with Enterprise X-Architecture technology, caps a three-year development effort to build an exceptionally powerful and modular Intel-based machine.

“It is vital that businesses in this region are aware of the scalability issues of their hardware, before they make purchases,” said Haider Salloum, product marketing manager, Microsoft Gulf. “The Microsoft Windows 2000 Server platform will support anything from one-way servers to large enterprise clusters. What is key today is that organizations plan ahead: using Windows 2000 in conjunction with a scaleable hardware platform will allow businesses to simply add the performance they need, as they need it. It is an excellent scale-up story that nobody else in the industry can match.”

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